This research project was part of a nationwide effort organized by Montana Space Grant Consortium to study and image the 2017 total solar eclipse with high altitude balloons. Our mission was to measure the changes in light from the total solar eclipse and its effects on the local weather conditions in the air and on the ground. Our results showed that the effects of totality on the ambient light levels were gradual until 90 seconds before totality when light levels decreased sharply. Air temperature and pressure decreased throughout the eclipse as a result of the loss of sunlight. A short-term pressure increase, associated with totality, was measured at our ground station. We propose that this localized high-pressure event is the result of a column of sinking cold air around the umbra.
How to Cite:
Pina, B. & Ronquillo, P. & Sharp, T. G., (2017) “Dynamic weather effects induced from the 2017 total solar eclipse”, Academic High Altitude Conference 2017(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/ahac.5560